Summer 2015 Bicycle Quarterly

Summer 2015 Bicycle Quarterly

The Summer 2015 Bicycle Quarterly is at the printer and will be mailed next week. This summer’s theme is a “Journey of Discoveries”.
We test the Breadwinner B-Road that won last year’s Oregon Outback. We take it on a journey to the ghost town of Monte Cristo. Join us as we discover the fascinating history of this region.
A “Sub-24 Hour Overnight” adventure took us to Mount Rainier, where we searched for mountain goats. We discover the beauty of a place we don’t visit often enough.
BQ contributor Gerolf Meyer rediscovered his roots when he looked at Communist era racing in East Germany. To obtain race-worthy bicycles, racers had to barter or even make their own components. For example, some racers made bike parts “on the side” and after hours at a medical device factory. His story is a fascinating glimpse behind the Iron Curtain.
We take you to TOEI, the legendary Japanese constructeur, who make some of the most sophisticated and best-constructed frames in the world. We were allowed unprecedented access to document how these craftsmen make some of the most beautiful bikes in the world.
After reading about how these bikes are made, join us on a visit to one of the most amazing bike shops in Tokyo, and marvel at the amazing machines on display there.
Rounding off the feature on TOEI is a report on our editor’s Urban Bike. How does this TOEI-built machine hold up after seven years of hard work – commuting and hauling magazines, books and components. Which features have proven themselves, and what would he do differently if he were to order another bike tomorrow?
For our “First Ride”, we evaluate another bike intended for the urban jungle. How does the Lynskey Urbanskey with its titanium frame and 650B wheels perform on the (urban) roads?
We also tested MKS’ new Rinko pedals, both in a platform and a clipless version. You even can switch from one type to the other, without tools!
As always, there is much more in this issue of Bicycle Quarterly: our Skill and Icon columns, Readers’ Forum, News and more product reviews.
To enjoy the Summer issue without delay, click here to subscribe or renew.

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Comments (14)

  • Sebastian

    Absolutely looking forward reading this issue. This is a mouth-watering preview!

    May 19, 2015 at 7:21 am
  • somervillebikes

    Gotta love that exhaust plume spewing from that east-bloc Lada. I lived in the east-bloc just after the fall of the Berlin Wall (not three years after that photo was taken), and I remember the exhaust smog being a part of everyday life. And the gasoline wasn’t even unleaded then.

    May 19, 2015 at 9:57 am
  • Corwin Booth

    Over on the RBW Owners Bunch forum there is talk that there will be a discussion on the efficacy of clipless (or connected) pedaling. Is that correct? I’d be very interested in a thorough BQ study on that subject.

    May 19, 2015 at 3:10 pm
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      We tested several pedals, including one without positive retention. The results surprised me. So it’s not a quantified study, but I think it’s a good first step. Maybe some day, we’ll do a study with power meters and all.

      May 19, 2015 at 3:15 pm
  • Jason Hewerdine

    Hey Jan,
    Enjoy your blog – I’m in Australia (East Coast) – am I able to subscribe?
    Kind regards
    Jason Hewerdine

    May 19, 2015 at 4:23 pm
  • Chris V.

    I’ll be interested to read about the B road. I see that the bike has the TRP hydraulic brakes on it. Does your article contain any review content about the performance of the TRP brakes?

    May 20, 2015 at 6:39 am
  • Gert

    Disc brake wheels and campagnolo components are rarely seen on bikes so that looks especially interesting.

    May 20, 2015 at 4:37 pm
  • Steve Palincsar

    I absolutely love how different in scope BQ content is from other cycling magazines.

    May 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      We try not to duplicate what other magazines do, but it’s been fun to watch other magazines to move into territory that used to be almost exclusively found in Bicycle Quarterly: gravel riding, adventures off the beaten path, long-distance riding and custom bicycles.

      May 23, 2015 at 11:26 am
  • cpkestate

    you really should try the mks mm cube pedals. the mechanism isn’t convincing when you played it in your hands, but once you step on it, it just dissapears. For folks who dig float or like the old atac pedals with round cross section front retention clip which the newer MKS US B trying to emulate, this would be ‘the pedal’. the model is discontinued, I do not know why.
    I imagine Compass will comission MKS for a new model. the mm cube with sealed, high quality, adjustable and replaceable cup & cone bearing would be superb.

    May 22, 2015 at 7:53 am
  • aztris

    I live in an urban area and I’ve never really been interested in an “urban bike”, but that Toei is perfect. Utilitarian elegance.

    May 22, 2015 at 1:46 pm

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